Brickfield Rangers kicked off the new year in grand-style hitting Coedpoeth United for six. The 6-0 success leaves ‘Bricky 3 points clear of their nearest rivals but they have played a game more. Manager Simon Sedgwick was pleased by his sides performance and said, “Naturally the 6 goals came in useful but it was also good to keep yet another good clean sheet. I hadn’t seen their keeper before but by a country mile he was man of the match and prevented us from reaching double figures. We took an early 3-0 goal lead through Barry Torrence and Sam Molyneux who struck twice but then took our foot off the pedal. Further goals did arrive through Torrence, Callum Humphreys and Ross Ankers.”

Hot on Brickfield’s heels all of a sudden and they seem to have come from nowhere are Buckley Town and they showed some real strength of character to win 3-2 at Chirk AAA’s. Matty Woods gave Chirk an interval lead and when Louis Middlehurst doubled their account they looked on their way to maximum points. Starting the turnaround was Paul Keenan who tapped in from inside the 6 yard box following some smart work by Aron Williams who was the architect behind their equaliser, he ran almost the length of the pitch to square for Luke Blizard to score from 12 yards out. The winning goal was acknowledged by everyone in attendance that it was worthy of winning any match and it was a stunning free kick from 25 yards out that Jake Roberts curled into the far top corner.

FC Nomads got back on the winning trail defeating Corwen 3-1. Harry Massey gave them a 1st minute lead but Crowen levelled in the 20th minute through Joe Williams. Dave Bryan restored the Nomads lead on the half hour mark and wrapping up the points on the stroke of half time was Sean Williams.

Lex Glyndwr were aware their Stansty Park pitch was likely to be waterlogged so there were swift negotiations to play Llanuwchllyn at Airbus. Player Manager Ricky Evans rolled back the years netting twice as his side narrowly defeated their visitors 3-2. A goal from 16 year old Jordan Tipping proved decisive in the win after Llanuwchllyn had hit back through Gwidion Ifan and Dan Evans.

Llay Welfare boss Mike Gadie was left quite ecstatic as his side at last had the rub of the green as they chalked up a 3-2 victory against Mold Alex. Aled Reece got Mold off to a flyer but Rhys Lloyd who has settled in really well scoring for fun since his move from Gresford and he quickly levelled. New signing Jamie Samuels scored a ‘screamer’ of a goal to put Llay 2-1 up and a brilliant header from Jack Edwards proved to be the difference between the two sides despite Stuart Hughes reducing the deficit late on in the game.

Saltney Town and Rhostyllen must both be considered as decent outside candidates to finish in the top three so a goal-less 0-0 stalemate was not a lot of use to either side.

The Hawarden Rangers clash with Penycae fell victim to the weather.

In Division One, the Maesgwyn clash with Brymbo was a real feisty affair with dismissals, 4 penalties and several yellow cards. It was a much win game for Maesgwyn who saw this as their big chance to put a dent in Brymbo’s dominance. It was not to be and a first half dismissal and a missed penalty made Maesgwyn’s task that much more difficult. Billy New had provided Brymbo with an early lead with a glancing header from a Jacques Stuart free kick after Richard Jones had squandered a spot kick but he quickly atoned to level. Another header by Billy New put the visitors back in charge only for Richard Jones to earn another penalty and this time he converted.

Brymbo took control on the hour mark when Jamie Cumming poked home from close range. With 10 minutes left Gaz Hatton made it 4-2 to Brymbo but soon after Maesgwyn were awarded there 3rd penalty and once again missed. The hosts were awarded a 4th penalty and Adam Roberts converted to make it 4-3 but with one last throw of the dice, Gaz Hatton clean through made no mistake as he slotted his second of the match to enable Brymbo to win 5-3.

Castell Alun got back on the winning trail and goals from new signings Dave Ward and Stuart Williams conjured up a 2-0 verdict. Ward broke the deadlock with a superb freekick from distance and Williams put the clash to bed with a close range header late in the 2nd half.

Llangollen Town whitewashed Mynydd Isa Spartans 6-0, on the scoresheet were hat-trick hero Ben Wilson and this took his tally for the season to the 20 mark. Cementing Llan’s success were Kevin Day(2) and Ross Briscoe.

Overton introduced 16 year old Owen Platt for his first team debut and he didn’t disappoint netting in their clash with Rhos Aelwyd but it was to no avail as Rhos ran out comfortable 3-1 winners thanks to James Haynes, Dan Harrison and Jamie Rogers.

Rhydymwyn took a 12th minute lead against Cefn Mawr Rangers through Gary O’Toole but Rangers hit back for a worthy point through Matthew Thompson.

In the Reserves Division, Cefn Druids have become joint leaders with Ruthin who were without a game and they are now level on 31 points but with a game in hand after sending Flint Town United crashing to a 5-0 defeat. Ellis Healing(2), Kyle Parle, Alex Buxton and their goal king Lewis George.

Mold Alexandra looked down and out after Donal McKenna netted a first half treble for Chirk AAA’s but Alex responded in fine fashion to take a point as Aaron Flynn(2) and Cal Lavell enabled Mold to level and square the match at 3-3.

In the one outstanding Reserves and Colts League Cup game, Cefn Albion booked a safe berth in the semi’s after flooring Llay Welfare 5-1, making up their nap hand were Callum Mannion(2), Callum Taylor, Nathan Williams and Dion Gibbons. Securing a lone consolation goal was Joel Roberts.

Turning to the league at this level, Coedpoeth United reversed their fixture but a trip to Ruthin Town was a bridge too far with Ruthin running out comfortable 5-0 winners with double strikes from Owen Cordiner and Huw Sadler plus an own goal.

Rhos Aelwyd narrowly defeated Overton 3-2 to secure a club double courtesy of efforts from Luke Jones, Luke Williams and Callum Smith. Hitting back were Alex Williams and Aurio Gozowski.

All other remaining games involving Holywell Town and Maesgwyn, Mynydd Isa Spartans against Rhostyllen and New Brighton Villa versus Johnstown Youth were all cancelled.